Top 10 Ways to Manage Hypothyroidism

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Thyroid gland is located just below our Adam’s apple and it is a chief gland, associated with metabolism and energy and keeping the functions of cell in check. Hypothyroidism refers to low thyroid function, means your thyroid is not making enough thyroid hormone. It remains undiagnosed because of various unrelated symptoms. In most cases hypothyroidism has nothing to with thyroid problems but with awry immune system attacking thyroid tissue. A dietary change is the primary step in achieving optimal thyroid health naturally. Here are top 10  remedies to manage hypothyroidism.

 

hypothyroidism remedies

 

1. Eliminate Caffeine, refined foods and Sugar from your diet

Eating refined carbohydrates and sugar on regular basis can affect the hormone cortisol and put adrenal glands under stress, which over prolonged period of time can lead to weakened adrenals. Weak adrenal glands puts the body into catabolic state and since thyroid glands controls the metabolic activity of the body, it will try to slow down the catabolic state by slowing down the metabolism and in turn leading to hypothyroid condition.

2.  Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha herb has thyroid balancing effect. It helps in lowering the level of cortisol and balancing thyroid hormone. In India this herb is known as   “strength of stallion” as it has been used since ages to strengthen the immune system. This herb is beneficial for both hypo/hyperthyroidism. This herb also benefits thyroid function by reducing lipid per-oxidation by scavenging free radicals responsible for cellular damage.

3. Intake of Sufficient Vitamin D

People suffering from autoimmune thyroid disorder like Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism, need to get enough Vitamin D. Vitamin D is necessary for balancing our immune system and preventing an autoimmune attack on tissues.

4. Bladderwrack

Bladderwrack is a sea weed especially for people with hypothyroidism (if hypothyroidism is caused due to iodine deficiency) as it contains lots of iodine. It is not used for hyperthyroidism.

5. Increase protein intake

Protein helps in normalizing the thyroid function. Foods like nuts, eggs, legumes, fish etc are rich source of protein.

6. Add healthy fats

Fats like olive oil, ghee, flax seeds, nuts and nut butters, yogurt , cheese, coconut milk are healthy fats if taken in moderate amount. Insufficient fat in your diet can aggravate hormonal imbalance including thyroid hormones. The 5 Best Healthy Fats

7.  Addition of Omega -3 fatty acids

Omega 3 is vital for thyroid function as they improve the ability of cells to respond to thyroid hormones. They are the building blocks for hormones and control functioning of our immune system.

8. Limit the intake of foods containing goitrogens

Goitrogens are substances in food that suppress the function of thyroid gland. These are found in vegetable such as cabbage, Brussels, mustard greens, kale , turnips etc. People who have hypothyroidism need to have these vegetables in moderation and not regularly.

9. Drink Plenty of Water

Even the water you drink can affect the health of your thyroid; make sure it is free of chlorine and fluorides. These chemicals can block the iodine receptors in  thyroid and affecting normal thyroid function. Make sure to drink plenty of water after every meal. Water eliminates toxic from your body and helps in reducing symptoms associated with hypothyroidism.

10. Practice Yoga

There are yoga asanas (Shoulder stand pose yoga) that massage the thyroid gland and instruct it to release thyroxine thereby helping body metabolism and maintaining thyroid health.

 

 

Top 10 Natural remedies for Gall bladder stones

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Gall bladder is an organ that aids to digest fats by collecting and concentrating bile that is produced by the liver. The most common problem that can occur in gall bladder is gall stones, crystallized bits of one or more components of bile and when this condition occurs it is called as “Choleithiasis”. Abnormal concentration of bile acids, cholesterol and phospholipids in the bile can cause the formation of gallstones.

The factors involved in the chances of developing this disorder are obesity, diet lacking fiber, excess cholesterol in the diet, lack of minerals such as calcium, magnesium and folates and Vitamin C. Here are  few natural remedies that can help to reduce the risk of gallstone formation.

 

1.  Apple Cider Vinegar

Home remedies for gall stones

This vinegar not only aids in the digestion but also breaks down the fats that could crystallize into gallstones. It also helps in relieving the pain.  Add two teaspoons for apple cider vinegar and one teaspoon of lemon juice in a glass of warm water and drink it on an empty stomach in the morning. Regularly drinking this, could help in dissolving the gallstones and prevent pain.

 

2. Olive oil

 

Home remedies for gall stones

Olive Oil  stimulates bile flow and helps in stopping the crystallization. An ingredient present in olive oil helps reduce the cholesterol levels in the blood and gallbladder. Studies have shown that people who consume moderate amount of olive oil i.e. about 2 tablespoons a day, may actually lower their chances of developing gall stones.  Benefits of Olive Oil

 

3. Fenugreek

 

Home remedies for gall stones

 Fenugreek has many health benefits.  Fenugreek leaves as well seeds reduce the formation of cholesterol gallstones and also dissolves them. Studies have shown that Fenugreek can reduce the incidence of cholesterol gallstones by 75 percent along with reduction in total cholesterol content in serum, liver and bile as well.

It offers health beneficial antilithogenic potential due to its favorable influence on cholesterol metabolism.

 

4. Turmeric

 

Home remedies for gall stones

Turmeric provides anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits. It protects the liver and gallbladder from oxidative stress. It stimulates the production of bile by the liver and also helping bile get excreted through the gallbladder.

This helps in fat digestion by the body and thus preventing gallstone formation. People, who already have gallstones, should consult doctor before adding turmeric to their diet.

 

5. Alfalfa

Home remedies for gall stones

It cleanses the liver and provides essential vitamins and minerals. One can take 1000 mg of alfalfa in tablet or capsule form with a glass of warm water, twice a day for two days.

 

6. Peppermint

 

Home remedies for gall stones

Peppermint oil encourages secretion of bile from the liver and helps in dissolving gallstones. It also supports the flow of bile from your liver to the gallbladder. The volatile oil present in peppermint aids in the overall digestive process.

7. Fennel

 

Home remedies for gall stones

Fennel seeds have been used in treating various digestive ailments and used as an aid for digestion. They are also helpful for opening the blockage of the liver, gallbladder and the spleen. Fennel not only flushes out gallstones but  also eases the painful swelling due to gall bladder disorder.

Fennel tonic and water are used for treating gall stones, yellow jaundice and gout. To prepare fennel water at home boil 300 grams of the seeds in two liters of water for 20 minutes. Strain and drink the water daily for 10 days.

8. Ginger root

 

Home remedies for Gall stones

Ginger root impairs the absorption of cholesterol. It also enhances the conversion of cholesterol into bile acids which further cleanses the liver and gall bladder and prevent the formation of gall stones.

9. Lemon Juice

 

Natural remedies for constipation

This is an effective method. Vitamin C in lemons cut the risk of developing gallstones by half. It makes the bile and stomach acid more effective at breaking down cholesterol and fats and helps in detoxifying the liver.

10. Catnip Herb

 

Home remedies for Gall stones

It treats the inflammation caused by gall stones and also helps eliminating toxins and gall stones. Besides flushing out gall stones, it also calms the nervous system by nourishing the nerves. It also relaxes the stomach and aids in digestion. Herbal Medicines for Gall Stones.

 

 

Remedies for Bad Breath (Halitosis)

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There are various causes which are responsible for bad breath, and no matter what the cause is, bad breath can be treated by adopting home-made natural remedies. Smoking cigarettes, certain medications and foods could be responsible for bad breath and to overcome this horrible morning breath or bacteria buildup in your mouth over the course of the day, try these easy remedies that will help in alleviating your bad breath causes.

 

Brushing and Flossing

These are the best methods to improve your oral health and ensuring great dental hygiene. Brushing and flossing every day, especially, at night time, could be really effective in reducing the bacteria which is responsible for bad odor in your mouth.

Flossing helps in removing bits of food caught between teeth and helps preventing halitosis i.e. bacterial growth. If halitosis still persists after regular flossing, try consulting your dentist.

 

Keeping Hydrated

 

Bacteria buildup or halitosis could result from dry mouth. The saliva production in our mouth controls the growth of bad bacteria that could cause bad breath. The slowing of saliva production encourages these bad bacteria to cause your breath to smell bad.

In order to alleviate dry mouth, try keeping yourself hydrated often, especially when you wake up and during and after exercises as these tends to cause dry mouth. Tricks to keep yourself hydrated.

 

Tongue cleaning

Most of us forget to clean our tongue during brushing teeth. Tongue can be a breeding ground for bacteria responsible for bad odor. After brushing your teeth, make sure to either use your toothbrush to brush your tongue or use a tongue scraper.

This will not only help in getting rid of bad breath but will also promote oral hygiene. Your tongue health can reveal a lot about your oral health, so make sure not to overlook it while brushing your teeth.

 

Watch what you eat

There are various foods that could cause bad breath. Avoiding these foods could help in alleviating the bad breath. Avoid foods that are either highly acidic or high in sugar especially fructose, as both of them encourage the production of bad bacteria that causes bad breath.

Try apple or yogurt to help curb bad breath. Fiber in apple stimulates the production of saliva, which in turn eliminates bad breath and active cultures in yogurt reduce bacteria in the mouth that is responsible for bad mouth odor.

 

Eat Fennel or cloves

Top 10 health benefits of fennel seeds

Fennel and cloves have been used in traditional medicine to inhibit the growth of bad bacteria responsible for bad breath. Due to their antiseptic properties, they help in limiting the bacterial growth.

The essential oils preset in cinnamon also help in treating bad breath. Try chewing on fennel or cloves after meals to prevent bad breath.

 

Use of Mouthwashes

Mouthwashes help in eliminating bad and unpleasant mouth smell on a temporary basis. Mouthwashes that not provide remedy for eliminating bad breath, it also fights plaque and help preventing the bacterial growth.

Try alcohol free mouth by making it at home. Take a cup of water, one teaspoon baking soda and few drops of peppermint.

 

Chew fruit Rind

Rinse off a lemon or orange rind before popping it in your mouth to chew on it. It will not only give you a burst of freshness but also help in encouraging glands to produce more saliva. Here are other top 10 best reasons to use Lemons.

 

 

 

Top 10 Natural Remedies for Dry Cough

Natural Remedies for Dry Cough
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Dry coughs are different from productive coughs (coughs in which you are coughing up phlegm or mucous). It is really painful and makes the throat dry and irritated and it even damages the tissues. Dry coughing is usually caused by a viral infection of nose or throat or inhalation of dust, smoke or some allergens. Whatever the cause, one can opt for natural home remedies for dry cough and which are not only better but also tastes better than most of the cough medicines. For better and effective results, try these natural remedies at the first sign of dry coughs. Here are top 10 natural remedies for Dry Coughs

1. Honey

Natural remedies for Dry Cough

Honey is a natural antibiotic and is considered as the best over-the-counter remedy for dry coughs. Due to its analgesic, anti-microbial and antioxidant properties, it is highly effective in relieving sore throat, reducing irritation and removing mucous. It kills germs that cause throat infection.
Directions: Take a tablespoon of honey 1-3 times daily as needed and mainly before going to bed. For children below 2 years of age, consult your doctor. Health Benefits of Honey.

 

2. Raisins

 

Natural remedies for Dry Cough

Raisins are rich in natural sugars and relieve sore throat and heals dry cough.
Directions:  Blend ½ cup of raisins and 1 tablespoon of water to make a paste. Heat this mixture on a low flame and then let it cool. Take 2 table spoons of this mixture every night before going off to sleep.

 

3. Turmeric

Natural remedies for Dry Cough

There are several health benefits of Turmeric. Curcumin, an active agent present in turmeric, provides it with anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties and helps in curing cough and cold caused by viral infections.
Directions: Mix a table spoon of turmeric powder in a cup of boiling water and let it boil until only half of it remains. Add a teaspoon of honey to this solution and take it three times a day. You can also add warm milk instead of water.

 

4. Ginger

Natural remedies for Dry Cough

Ginger is present in various cough drops because of its analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties. It soothes dry, sore and irritated throat and cleanse the respiratory system.
Directions: Cut ginger into small pieces and crush them. Add them to the boiling water. Take this mixture at least thrice a day for effective relief. You can also try chewing on slices of ginger sprinkled with salt (either sea salt or black salt).

 

5. Garlic

Natural remedies for Dry Cough

Garlic  has several health benefits due to its anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties and which makes it as one of the most effective home remedy for dry cough. Garlic not only helps in curing dry coughs it also boosts our immune system and helps fighting off infections that causes dry cough.
Directions: Eat garlic regularly for treating dry cough. You can also add few garlic cloves to a glass of boiling water. Add a table spoon of honey, one this mixture cools off. Consume it at least two times a day and especially before sleeping to relieve throat soreness.

 

6. Salt water

Natural remedies for Dry Cough

Salt helps in reducing the inflammation of damaged tissues as well as pain caused by dry cough.
Directions: Add one teaspoon of salt in warm water. Take a sip and gargle for about 10 seconds and then spit. Repeat this step 4 or 5 times. Be sure to rinse your mouth with plain water afterwards. Health Benefits of Drinking Water

 

7. Raw Onion

Natural remedies for Dry Cough

Raw onion blocks the compounds that are responsible for triggering cough reflex. It also helps in removing phlegm and cleansing the respiratory system.
Directions: Cut onion into fine pieces and eat them or you can blend onions and extract juice and add few tablespoons of raw honey and have a teaspoon of it as a cough syrup twice daily. Why should add Onions into your meals?

 

8. Steam

Natural remedies for Dry Cough

 

Steam helps in reducing irritation by clearing your throat and nasal passages. It loosens the mucous and phlegm and heals dry coughs.
Directions: Bring some water to boil in a bowl. You can even add few drops of essential oils. Lean over the bowl and cover your head with a towel. Inhale the steams for 5 minutes 2-3 times a day.

 

9. Oregano

Natural remedies for Dry Cough

Oregano helps in removing mucous and give relief from dry cough. Marjoram is a type of oregano which is generally used to cure dry cough.
Direction: Boil some oregano leaves in a cup of water. Filter it and drink regularly for better relief from dry cough.

 

 10. Warm Milk and Honey

Natural remedies for Dry Cough

This combination is also an ideal way to treat dry coughs. Milk produces mucus that will help in lubricating the throat and respiratory system as well and honey because of its antibacterial property will help in eliminating the infection causing bacteria.
Directions: Bring one glass of milk to boil and add one table spoon of honey to it. Drink regularly for better results. Drinking this combination at night helps in better sleep as well.

 

 

Top 10 Methods for treating Sciatic Pain

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Sciatica is the most painful and disabling back problem. Sciatica pain arises when sciatica nerve is pinched which could cause numbness in the leg, buttock, thigh, lower leg or foot and can even cause weakness. This nerve runs from the lower spine over the buttock to both feet. Sciatic is actually a very common health issue but can be frightening. Medications can be used to control and help the painful symptoms of sciatica, but cannot cure the condition. So it is necessary and could be helpful if one can make the lifestyle changes necessary to help treat the underlying cause of it. Here are some of the natural methods you can opt to treat this health issue.

 

1. Valerian Tea

 

Valerian Tea

Valerian roots contain oils that have relaxant properties. Sciatica tea can be used to relieve sciatic nerve pain, especially the sciatic pain arising from muscle spasm. It is easy to prepare Valerian tea. Make sure to drink this herbal tea several times a week for few weeks.

 

2. Turmeric

 

There are numerous health benefits of Turmeric. Curcumin, which is present in turmeric, has found to have effect on neuropathic pain induced by sciatic nerve. It is actually proven to significantly reduce pain and inflammation. Add 1 teaspoon of turmeric in a cup of milk and bring it to boil. Add honey and drink it once or twice daily.

 

3. Ice packs

ice packs

Using ice packs can be an effective, drug less method for relieving the pain and acts as an analgesic. Try icing for 20 minutes intervals a few times a day.

 

4. Mustard Oil

 

mustard oil

 

In Indian Ayurveda, mustard has been used to treat sciatica, neuralgia and rheumatism. It is really efficient counter-irritant and because of the combination of heat and counter irritation it provides a pain relieving effect.

 

5. Yoga Asanas

Yoga

Sphinx  can be really beneficial in relieving sciatica pain. There are many effective yoga asanas that could relive and soothes sciatica nerve pain.

 

6. Exercises

 

Normal activity is highly beneficial for dealing with sciatica. Exercises can help in strengthening the abdominal and back muscles and can facilitate quick recovery. Try Knee to chest stretch exercise can help in reducing th irritation of sciatic nerve and easing the pain.

 

7. Fenugreek

Fenugreek Health Benefits

Fenugreek has anti neuropathic effect and helps in restoring the function of nerve fibers. It can help in reducing the neuropathic pain associated with sciatica pain. Soak a teaspoon of fenugreek seeds in water overnight and drink on empty stomach in the morning.

 

8. Devil’s claw herb

 

Devil Claw herb

Devils’ claw herb has been found to be effective in reducing the sciatica nerve pain with no adverse effects. This herb contains anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties which help in reducing irritation and inflammation.

 

9. Ginger

 

Ginger

Pain and inflammation is caused by increases oxygenation of arachidonic acid leading to the production of prostaglandins. Research has found that ginger can be helpful in relieving pain and inflammation as it inhibits the production of prostaglandins. Mix two tablespoon of grated ginger with three tablespoons of sesame oil and one spoon of lemon juice and rub this mixture on affected area.

 

10. Horseradish or Sahijan ( In Ayurveda)

 

horseradish herb

Horseradish is a plant and has many natural healing properties. It is beneficial in reducing sciatica pain. Grind half a horseradish and apply the paste on affected area. It helps in alleviating sciatic nerve pain.